I’m a bit disappointed in myself for losing the link, but I read a great piece recently about ‘creating gravity’ – how an artist can work long enough to achieve a time of having things gravitate towards her. Lack of reference (and credit) notwithstanding, that has, wonderfully, been happening to me lately: stuff – very good stuff – has just been coming in, and I am loving it. I hope to share news of some of it soon (and throughout the year).
Which is good also because I am immersed in early puppyland, and loving it. Chance is a smart little guy, already almost completely house-trained, and watching him learn is fascinating. Two cases in point: after the first two nights of howling, whining and barking in fear and rage over being penned in at night, he’s learned (after a nightly decreasing initial tantrum) not to ‘cry wolf’ – to only use his voice to wake us when he needs to go out. Sunday night was very cold. I took Chance out to relieve himself before bedtime, and he didn’t like that (neither did I, truthfully). So, he’d dodge me and run up the back porch stairs to the door, I’d pick him up and bring him back down and we repeated this multiple times, until he finally did his business. When he woke me to take him out later that night, he relieved himself immediately, then ran to the porch, put one paw on the bottom stair, stopped and looked me in the eyes, essentially asking, “OK? Can I go up now?” Love! Then there is Lupe. Puppies need to chew, and to learn what to chew on, and redirecting Chance to appropriate chewy-things has been keeping us busy. At one point, he began to chomp on a throw rug Lupe likes to lay on. I said, “Chance! No!” but before I could get up, Lupe (with, I swear, a look of supreme disdain) went to the dog toy basket, pulled out a huge rope toy she used to love, dangled it in front of Chance until he grabbed it, then walked him away from the rug. All of this is admittedly mundane, yet at the same time hugely compelling to me.
And, as of yesterday, I am now even able to simultaneously get work done on those great things that are rolling in and still do the puppy-monitoring. 2014 life is good.
Here’s something I’m quite impressed with. I don’t share the enthusiasm over the original referenced book, which is always, tellingly, referred to as being ‘seminal’ to the field, but I love this take on it. Huge congrats to Susan Mills and Women’s Studio Workshop: a place so very much more – and so very much better – than seminal!
When I get the most work done…after pulling out the camera.